From August 2015
Ethics of the UrbanThe City and the Spaces of the Political
Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi
In collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Design
Is democracy spatial? How are the physical aspects of our cities, houses, streets, and public spaces—the borders, the neighborhoods, the monuments—bearers of our values? In a world of intensifying geo-economic integration, extreme financial and geopolitical volatility, deepening environmental crises, and a dramatic new wave of popular protest against both authoritarian government and capitalist speculation, cities have become leading sites for new claims on state power and new formations of political subjectivity. This volume brings together perspectives from history, sociology, art, political theory, planning, law, and design practice to explore the urban spaces of the political. A selection of contemporary photography from around the world offers a visual refl ection of this timely investigation.
Contributors include: Michael Arad, Diane Davis, Keller Easterling, Gerald Frug, Mohsen Mostafavi, Chantal Mouffe, Erika Naginski, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Loïc Wacquant, Krzysztof Wodiczko.
MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI, an architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 368 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-381-8, English€50.00 / $60.00 / £40.00From September 2015
Genealogy of Modern ArchitectureA Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form by Kenneth Frampton
Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a reference work on modern architecture by Kenneth Frampton, one of today’s leading architectural theorists. Conceived as a genealogy of twentieth century architecture from 1924 to 2000, it compiles some sixteen comparative analyses of canonical modern buildings ranging from exhibition pavilions and private houses to office buildings and various kinds of public institutions. The buildings are compared in terms of their hierarchical spatial order, circulation structure and referential details. The analyses are organized so as to show what is similar and different between two paired types, thus revealing how modern tradition has been diversely inflected. Richly illustrated, Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a new standard work in architectural education.
KENNETH FRAMPTON, born 1930, is one of the world’s most renowned architectural theorists, the author of the world best seller Modern Architecture: A Critical History, and a professor at Columbia University, New York.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 320 pages
approx. 500 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-369-6, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-371-9, German€36.00 / $45.00 / £30.00From Sep 2015
German,€36.00 / $45.00 / £30.00From Sep 2015
From October 2015
Bucky Inc.Architecture in the Age of Radio
Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multi-dimensional refl ection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. Bucky Inc. rethinks the legacy of one of the key protagonists of the twentieth-century. It draws extensively on Fuller’s archive to follow his radical thinking from toilets to telepathy, plastic to prosthetics, and data to deep-space. It shows how the critical arguments and material techniques of arguably the single most exposed designer of the last century were overlooked at the time but have become urgently relevant today.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 320 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, paperback (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-428-0, English€30.00 / $40.00 / £25.00From October 2015
Cutting Matta-ClarkThe Anarchitecture Project
Edited by James Graham
In Collaboration with Columbia GSAPP Books
Of the many shows at the fabled 112 Greene Street gallery—an artistic epicenter of New York’s downtown scene in the 1970s—the Anarchitecture group show of March 1974 has been the subject of the most enduring discussion, despite a complete lack of documentation about it. Anarchitecture has become a foundational myth, but one that remains to be properly understood. Stemming from a series of meetings organized by Gordon Matta-Clark and refl ecting his long-standing interest in architecture, the Anarchitecture exhibition was conceived as an anonymous group statement in photographs about the intersection of art and building. But did it actually happen? It exists only through oblique archival traces and the memories of the participants. Cutting Matta-Clark investigates the Anarchitecture group as a kind of collective research seminar, through extensive interviews with the protagonists and a dossier of all the available evidence. The dossier includes a collection of Matta-Clark’s aphoristic “art cards,” the 96 photographs that were produced by the various participants for possible inclusion in the exhibition, and images from a recently unearthed video of Matta-Clark’s now famous bus trip to see Splitting in Englewood, New Jersey.
Interviews with: Laurie Anderson, Liza Béar, Jane Crawford, Susan Ensley, Tina Girouard, Dan Graham, Jene Highstein Bernard and Susan Kirschenbaum, Jeffrey Lew, Richard Nonas.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 400 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, paperback (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-427-3, English€33.00 / $45.00 / £28.00From May 2016
Ladislav SutnarVisual Design in Action
Edited by Reto Caduff and Steven Heller
Facsimile Reprint of the original book with the same title published in 1961
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Sutnar’s brilliant structural systems for clarifying otherwise dense industrial data placed him in the pantheon of Modernist pioneers and made him one of the visionaries of what is today called “information design.” Visual Design in Action is a snapshot of Sutnar’s American period (1939–1976), and includes graphics for Carr’s Department Store, advertisements for the Vera Neumann Company, identity for Addo-X, and other stunningly contemporary works. He is best known for his total design concept for the Sweets Catalog Service and lesser known for introducing the parenthesis as a way to typographically distinguish the area code from the rest of a phone number.
Visual Design in Action is a testament to the historical relevance of Modernism and the philosophical resonance of Sutnar’s focus on the functional beauty of total clarity. This reprint of Visual Design in Action (originally published in limited quantities in 1961) is as spot-on about the power of design and “design thinking” as it ever was.
21,5 x 31,5 cm, 8 ½ x 12 ½ in, 188 pages, approx. 378 illustrations, hardcover (presumably 2016)
ISBN 978-3-03778-424-2, English€75.00 / $79.00 / £55.00